2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden plans to reverse course on his previous position regarding China as an international economic competitor to the U.S.
Earlier this year, the former vice president scoffed at the idea of China’s role as a global competitor to the U.S., saying that the communist nation was “not competition.”
Biden’s stance did not sit well with some.
As IJR Red previously reported, Wisconsin Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) took issue with Biden brushing China aside, saying in a speech commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests that the former vice president’s “type of thinking is naive” and “dangerous.”
According to CNN, Biden — the front-runner in the pack of 24 candidates running for the Democratic presidential nomination — is planning to take shots at President Donald Trump and backtrack on his previous stance on the communist nation at a campaign stop in Iowa on Tuesday.
“We are in a competition with China,” the former chair of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee plans to say. “We need to get tough with China.”
He also penned that he is “worried” about China and will call for the establishment of “a united front of allies to challenge China’s abusive behavior.”
Even fellow 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — a self-described democratic socialist — said it was “wrong to pretend that China isn’t one of our major economic competitors.”
The former vice president’s flip on China illustrates a consistency problem with his policy positions.
As IJR Red noted, Biden got wrecked for his “flip-flop-flip” regarding the pro-life Hyde Amendment after the former vice president changed his position on the legislation multiple times recently.
Biden was confronted about his previous support of the amendment by an ACLU volunteer in May, flipping his view of the measure and saying the amendment “can’t stay.”
His campaign then backtracked on his comment last Wednesday, saying that the former vice president still backed the amendment before he flipped again the next day while speaking at the Democratic National Committee’s African American Leadership Council summit in Atlanta.
“I can’t justify leaving millions of women without access to the care they need and the ability to exercise their constitutionally protected right,” Biden said. “If I believe health care is a right, as I do, I can no longer support an amendment that makes that right dependent on someone’s zip code.”
Trump will be making his first campaign stop of the 2020 cycle in Iowa on Tuesday as well, giving voters a look at a potential presidential matchup in the general election.